June 2010

Cool Tea Cocktails

Cocktails with tea? These delicious recipes will surprise you, and keep you cool this summer.

The Ticklish Topic of Typicity

For such an elusive concept, how faithfully a wine represents its variety can certainly affect wine-making decisions.

Drinking Outside the Box

If you like Cabernet Sauvignon, try Aglianico. If Pinot Grigio's your choice drink, enjoy a Kabinett Riesling. It's all about satisfying alternatives to your everyday favorites.

California’s Capital of Zinfandel

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel holds a unique place in California. Napa Valley Zins may be more classically structured and “claret-like.” Sierra Foothills Zins are brawnier and more powerful, Paso Robles’ riper and softer. Russian River Valley Zinfandel is a touch darker and more tannic. But when it comes to the briars and brambles that give Zinfandel its inimitable mouthfeel and flavors, Dry Creek wins the honors.

Natural Wine or Unnatural Beverage

Trendy and romantic, natural wines appeal to our sense of what wine should be but often isn't.

Recipes by Rosengarten: Italian Bread with Tomatoes and Olive Oil

A rustic and refreshing summertime starter.

Uncorkings 6/28/2010

News and notes from the world of wine.

Slideshow Story: Toast of the Town 2010

Wine and food lovers throughout the U.S. celebrate fine wine and food at Wine Enthusiast’s signature tasting events.

Diageo Sells Beaulieu, Sterling

But will immediately lease back the two wineries’ facilities and vineyards under a 20-year contract.

Madeira: A Revolutionary Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July

History shows our perceptions of this much-maligned fortified wine are all wrong.

Barbecued Artichokes with Spicy Aioli

Artichokes may be that item everyone claims can’t pair with wine but spicy aioli will mitigate the choke’s vegetal flavors.

What to Drink With: Barbecue Food

When planning wines for Fourth of July grilling, the key is simplicity.

Santa Maria Style Barbecue

Steak is the sizzle in the Central Coast’s oldest culinary tradition, and the region’s wines match perfectly.

Destination: Munich

A traditional beer culture and sophisticated tastes make this German gem a rousing attraction for wine and food lovers.

Summertime Brunch Cocktails

Fresh, fizzy concoctions for languid, lazy days.

Top Beers of June 2010

Pales in comparison.

Pimm’s Cup: the Wimbledon Cocktail

Serve up some refreshment with this enticing, slightly spicy British potion.

Napa City Blossoms

New hotels, restaurants, tasting rooms, markets and a vibrant riverfront bring nightlife to this historic, once-sleepy city.

Date Night

Recipes for bacon-wrapped Medjool dates, a sweet and savory, party-friendly combination.

Uncorkings 06/21/2010

Top industry stories of last week.

Then & Now With Karl Wente

For this fifth generation winemaker, music and wine are a natural pairing.

Ballpark Brews

Unique beer (and wine) experiences at major-league baseball parks.

Sleeping with the Grapes

An increasing number of wineries are offering accommodations for overnight guests; Here are some of the best places to dine well, relax in comfort and contemplate the vines.

Venice Video Story: A View from the Gondola

Wining, dining and navigating in one of the world's most exciting, exotic cities.

Bourbon with Your Barbecue

Turn to the historic whiskey as a fitting cohort to summer’s favorite food.

Braai Recipe: Bobotie-Spiced Ostrich Fan Fillet

A Cape Malay-inspired dish for the 2010 World Cup games.

Sushi and Chablis at Home

Pair takeout Japanese with the minerally Chardonnays of northern Burgundy for an easy and eye-opening night of fun with friends.

Uncorkings 6/14/2010

Top industry stories of last week plus an award-winning St. Germain-based cocktail recipe.

Foley Buys Chalk Hill

The acquisition moves the business magnate's center of gravity out of Santa Barbara and into Sonoma County.

Mixologist of the Month: Eben Freeman

A maestro of "progressive cocktails".

Frozen Rujak

This exotic frozen mango daiguiri is from mixologist Eben Freeman.

World Cup Entertaining: the Backyard Braai

This month celebrate soccer and South Africa's centuries-old grilling tradition.

Restaurant Recipe: Sea Bass with Fennel and Saffron Sauce

Hailing from Ljubljana, this traditional Slovenian seafood dish is both easy-to-prepare and delicious.

Auction Napa Valley “is back”

The U.S. wine industry’s biggest charity event rebounds as sales soar over last year's.

Party Ideas for June

Excuses to entertain this month.

Uncorkings 6/07/2010

Top industry stories of last week.

What to Drink With: Summer Salads

Abandon the myth about pairing greens with whites and reds.